The final activities of the 28th edition of White Hall’s Founders Day celebration are fast approaching, with activities scheduled Friday and Saturday.
A cross between a festival and homecoming, there will be plenty to eat, see and do as the month-long commemoration marking the city’s incorporation winds down.
With the National Weather Service forecasting sunny skies and a high near 92 on Saturday, “I Love This Place” will prove to be a great theme after the triple digit temperatures of July.
Several years ago we asked then White Hall Mayor James “Jitters” Morgan why the outdoor celebration — first held in 1984 to mark the 20th anniversary of the incorporation — was held in August. “While it is sometimes hot, it seldom rains in August,” Morgan replied.
Friday evening’s agenda includes street dance, followed on Saturday with a pancake breakfast at City Hall, one of the largest parades in Southeast Arkansas rolling down Dollarway Road to City Park, entertainment, Elvis Presley impersonator, a car show, ice cream eating contest and vendors galore.
During the first celebration in 1984, Morgan reminded us, that first Founders Day observance utilized a flat-bed trailer as a platform, but had a future president of the United States as the keynote speaker — then Gov. Bill Clinton. Today, many of the activities are centered around the John Terry Amphitheater at White Hall City Park immediately west of City Hall.
Proceeds from the various Founders Day events help the sponsoring White Hall Chamber of Commerce fund the Christmas Parade, an Easter Egg hunt, scholarships and other community activities during the year.
Chamber volunteers maintain that if you can’t find something to enjoy during the August activities, you are just too hard to please.